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Once again the ERC will take part in the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. 

The ERC at ESOF 2020


12:00 – 13:30 | CRISPR: What’s Next? 
Virtual Room 2
Moderated by Konstantina TOPOPOURIDOU, European Research Council and Ino AGRAFIOTI, European Research Council

ERC grantees:

  • Frank BUCHHOLZ, Technical University of Dresden
  • Martin JINEK, University of Zurich 
  • Mark SZCZELKUN, University of Bristol 
  • John VAN DER OOST, Wageningen University

11:50 – 13:20 | Sharing Is Caring? Can Local Practice Turn Into Transformative Change In A Collaborative Economy? New Insights On Innovative Practices, Sustainability Potentials And Governance Implications
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Ines PIO, European Research Council and Annekathrin JAEGER, European Research Council

ERC speakers:

  • Anna DAVIES, Trinity College Dublin
  • Cristina GRASSENI, University of Leiden
  • Oksana MONT, Lund University


08:30 - 10:00 | Frontier Research in Europe: Reflecting On The Past, Looking To The Future

ERC speakers:

  • Prof. Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON, former ERC President
  • Prof. Helga NOWOTNY, former ERC President
  • Prof. Fabio ZWIRNER, Vice-President of the ERC Scientific Council

ERC grantees:

  • Anna DAVIES, Trinity College Dublin (tbc)
  • Iva TOLIC, Ruđer Bošković Institute Zagreb

11:50 - 13:20 | The Future Of Neurotechnologies: Benefits, Challenges And Social Implications
Virtual Room 1

ERC grantees:

  • Surjo SOEKADAR, Charité - University Medicine Berlin Sid Kouider, École Normale Supérieure (Paris)
  • Sid KOUIDER, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)
  • Antonia HAMILTON, University College London (UCL)

14:20 - 15:50 | The Future Of Life: Synthetic Living Cells?
Virtual Room 2

ERC grantees:

  • Aletta Maria (Marileen) DOGTEROM, Delft University of Technology
  • Ulrich KEYSER, University of Cambridge
  • Hannes MUTSCHLER, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry


08:30 - 10:00 | Turning Contemporary Cities Into Smart, Interactive And Safe Urban Living
Virtual Room 3
Moderated by Anna MIGNANI, European Research Council

ERC grantees:

  • Carlos CANUDAS DE WIT, CNRS, GIPSA lab and Grenoble Traffic Lab, Grenoble
  • Jennifer GABRYS, University of Cambridge
  • Marios POLYCARPOU, University of Cyprus, Dept Electrical and Computer Engineering and KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence

10:20 - 11:50 | Anti-Cancer Immune Response "A La Carte": Recent Advances And Future Developments Of Immunotherapy
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Nadia L MJIYAD, European Research Council and Silvia Ines NICOLAU-SOLANO, European Research Council 

ERC grantees:

  • Bruno CORREIA, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Vered PADLER-KARAVANI, Tel Aviv University
  • Martijn VERDOES, Radboud University Nijmegen

11:50 - 13:20 | Will I Walk Again? How Next Generation Artificial Limbs Are Shaping The Future Of Medicine
Virtual Room 2
Moderated by Telma CARVALHO, European Research Council, Nadia EL MJIYAD, European Research Council and Monica FAVARO, European Research Council

ERC grantees:

  • Oskar ASZMANN, University of Vienna
  • Antonio BICCHI, Italian Institute of Technology
  • Dario FARINA, Imperial College London
  • Tamar Rebecca MAKIN, University College London

11:50 - 13:20 | Women In Science: Is It All Fair In Meritocracy?
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Barbara ROMANOWICZ, Collège de France, Paris and University of California, Berkley, ERC Scientific Council


  • Carmen CASTRO, University of Valencia and SinGENEROdeDUDAS
  • Jadranka GVOZDANOVIC, Heidelberg University
  • Mathias W. NIELSEN, University of Copenhagen
  • Robert-Jan SMITS, Eindhoven University of Technology

17:40 - 19:10 | The EU And You: European Research Funding And Career Development
Virtual Room 3


  • Angela LIBERATORE, European Research Council
  • Christopher REYNOLDS, Research Executive Agency
  • Valentina CAUDA, ERC grantee


11:50 - 13:20 | Re-Thinking Vaccines
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Klelia SALPEA, European Research Council and Giovanni TORRISI, European Research Council

ERC grantees:

  • Rino RAPPUOLI, GSK Vaccines
  • Jason REIFLER, University of Exeter 
  • Christine STABELL BENN, University of Southern Denmark

14:20 - 15:50 | Ground-Breaking Research On When The Ground Shakes: Advancements On Earthquakes
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Barbara ROMANOWICZ, Collège de France, Paris and University of California, Berkley, ERC Scientific Council

ERC grantees:

  • Massimo COCCO, Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology
  • Domenico GIARDINI, ETH Zurich
  • Marc-André GUTSCHER, Université de Bretagne Occidentale · Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM)
  • Marie VIOLAY, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

16:10 - 17:40 | Artificial Intelligence: A Blessing Or A Threat For Society?
Virtual Room 1
Moderated by Giovanni FELICI, European Research Council and Mikaela POULYMENOPOULOU, European Research Council

ERC grantees:

  • Jan BROERSEN, Universiteit Utrecht 
  • Konstantinos DASKALAKIS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bjorn SCHULLER, University of Augsburg
  • Fosca GIANNOTTI, CNR National Research Council - ISTI